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Tag archive for: system administration

Making sure that the password of your user account does not expire on Windows 10 IoT

Once upon a time, I was developing an IoT prototype on a Windows 10 IoT device that does not have any display port. Therefore, the only way to work with that device is to use Microsoft Remote Desktop. After using it for some time, I switched to another Raspberry Pi project of higher priority.

When I came back to this Windows based device, the password of the user account had expired. As a result of that, Windows Remote Desktop Connection Manager denied access to the device. Since that was the only user account for me to access the device, I had to start all over again with another device.

After this incident, I make it a point to configure my user account with a password that never expires.

In order to have a reference in the future, I created this post to document the steps to do so on Windows 10 IoT.

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How to enable VNC server on Raspbian Stretch with raspi-config

When you have a VNC server enabled on your Raspbian Stretch, you will be able to access your Raspberry Pi from another computer. Furthermore, you will be able to use your Raspberry Pi from a graphical user interface.

Therefore, if you want to enable SSH server on your Raspbian Stretch but is not really comfortable with a command line interface, a VNC server is what you should enable instead.

In such a situation, you can use raspi-config to enable VNC server on Raspbian Stretch. Let see how we can do so.

How to connect your Raspberry Pi to a WiFi network with raspi-config in Raspbian Stretch

When you own a Raspberry Pi with in-built WiFi or an attached USB WiFi adapter, you will be able to connect it to a WiFi network.

Given that WiFi connectivity, you can use then your Raspberry Pi as a HTTP server and/or a HTTP client on the Internet without using a network cable.

When you have installed Raspbian Stretch on your Raspberry Pi, you can use raspi-config to connect your Raspberry Pi to a WiFi network. For this purpose, you can follow the steps mentioned in this post.

How to change the hostname of your Raspberry Pi via raspi-config in Raspbian Stretch

When you install Raspbian Stretch as the operating system for your Raspberry Pi, the default hostname is raspberrypi.

Since a Raspberry Pi is one of the things that programmers buy, we could deploy several at home.

When you have several Raspberry Pis deployed in your house, you may want them to be identified by hostnames.

So how can we change the hostname of our Raspberry Pi running Raspbian Stretch? This post shows how you can change the hostname of your Raspberry Pi via raspi-config in Raspbian Stretch.